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Prevalence

More than five percent of Americans will be affected by urinary stones at some point in their life. Unfortunately, kidney stones are one of the most common disorders of the urinary tract, and among the most painful of all urologic disorders. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, each year, people in the United States make almost 3 million visits to health care providers and more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems. It may be affecting more than 1 million Americans annually, primarily between the ages of 40 and 70.